The Silverstone circuit is both the home of British motorsport, and also the base for the world-leading Porsche Experience Centre. It was appropriate therefore that the achievements of Porsche factory race driver Tandy were celebrated, as well as those of the company’s race-bred road cars.
Tandy received the accolade from the oldest automotive magazine in the world in recognition of his impressive circuit racing achievements, in particular for his outstanding triumph in the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race behind the wheel of the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car.
The judges commented; “Our love of cars naturally extends to all forms of motorsport – the cars and characters in motor sport provide us with plenty of great stories. The greatest of them all in the past 12 months was that of our motorsport hero trophy winner – who proves that talent and hard graft can create great motor racing achievements. He wasn’t well known when he did what he did last June, but within 24 hours he was a key player in a team that upstaged them all.
“Our motorsport hero not only added a Le Mans win to a great CV, he keeps right on collecting silverware — and is hoping to do it again in this weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hours.”
As his Porsche racing commitments saw him already en route to the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in Germany, Nick Tandy thanked the judges by video message.
“It is a huge honour to win this award,” he commented. “Things have been going really well in my motorsport career recently, with victory in Le Mans last year an obvious highlight, so huge thanks to everybody at Porsche and my team-mates Earl Bamber and Nico Hülkenberg. And also to Patrick Pilet, my team-mate in the US, where I was racing a full season in the 911, and we had a great deal of success winning the Championship. We have had a great start to this year, with a win in Long Beach, California already, and I am hoping for a strong showing and another classic endurance race victory this weekend at the Nürburgring.”